Mitral Valve Disease

Dr. Alrich L. Gray // Central Montana Heart & Vascular Institute

Mitral Valve Disease

The mitral valve is located between the left upper chamber of your heart (left atrium) and left lower chamber of your heart (left ventricle). Mitral valve disease refers to any abnormality of the mitral valve, including prolapse, regurgitation, and stenosis. Symptoms of mitral valve disease include:

  • abnormal heart sound (heart murmur) heard through a stethoscope
  • shortness of breath, especially when lying down on your back or during exercise
  • fatigue
  • lightheadedness

There are several treatment options for mitral valve diseases. Your doctor may prescribe medications that help fix the structure of the valve. Your doctor may also perform a balloon valvuloplasty, where he will insert a balloon into the valve and inflate the balloon to open the valve, allowing more effective blood flow.